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Specialised lithic technology of terminal Pleistocene maritime peoples of Wallacea

Maloney, Tim; Mahirta, Mahirta; O'Connor, Sue; Reepmeyer, Christian


Excavation in Tron Bon Lei shelter on the Indonesian Island of Alor has uncovered a rich Pleistocene lithic assemblage, which includes obsidian artefacts representing a specialised industry previously undetected in any early stone tool assemblage of Island South East Asia (ISEA). Portable X-ray florescence of the obsidian assemblage has revealed three discrete sources, and that at least one of the sources is likely off-island. This indicates that inter-island exchange networks were active from...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018-12
Type: Journal article
Source: Archaeological Research in Asia
DOI: 10.1016/j.ara.2018.05.003


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